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Approved For Release 2000/08/10 : CIA-RDP96-00789R00002300p4- r ge videotape is missing tuthorities 1ite threats Before blast r Bruce Frankel SA TODAY NEW YORK - Investigators tesday said they are puzzled er the disappearance of a vid- tape that may have recorded hides in the World Trade Inter garage before it explod- Friday. And authorities revealed the S. Embassy in Algeria re- ived two threats from the )pular Front for the Libera- n of Palestine that it would )w up a building in New York late January. Police Commissioner Ray- )nd Kelly said authorities be- ved the threat had passed ien the second deadline - n. 26, requiring Israel to al- v 400 expelled Palestinians to urn - passed uneventfully. Meanwhile, New York City d the Port Authority offered 3200,000 reward for informa- n leading to the arrest and uviction of those responsible the bombing Authorities cautioned against dng tpo much of the missing ieotape: "You could call it pe- By Robert Deutsch, USA TODAY ANOTHER SCARE: A port authority employee tells workers at a reopened part of the World Trade Center complex Tuesday to leave after a bomb threat. Workers later returned to the complex. culiar," said James Fox, head of A Port Authority employee had been recovered, authorities the FBI's bureau in New York. has told investigators he may said there is "no -reason to raise "Incredible, isn't it?" have misplaced it, Fox said. It speculation" that'a brown van Videotapes were recovered may still be buried. with a stripe may have held the on Monday for the period from Two garage videotapes al- bomb, as reported on CNN. Wednesday morning to Thurs- ready reviewed were of mar-, Investigators say they are day morning, and from Friday ginal quality, though subject to looking at several terrorist morning to Saturday moring, enhancement, Fox said. groups, including the extremist Missing a sequence video- Asked what he would tell the Hamas which is opposed to tape for the period from Thurs- employee, Fox said, "Let's try Middle East peace talks. day at 8 am. to Friday at 8 a.m., to find it! ... Now!" The investigation is spread- Hampshire and elsewhere. Seeking to dampen expecta, tions of a quick resolution, Fox. said, "No new dramatic witness: is going to solve this case for us. Also on Tuesday- 10, Investigators pulled about 10 cars from the garage and be- gan vacuuming them inside and: outside and scraping their un- dercarriages. If nothing perti-: nent is found, the cars will be: returned to their owners. - Bomb experts said the ex plosion took place on the B-2' level below the Vista Hotel in. the public parking area. -. The New York City Comp- troller's office estimated the: bombing could cost about $700 million in lost business during the first week after the blast. - For the second day in a row, a retaining wall collapsed near the crater - described as' 200 feet in diameter, extending. through seven stories. The col umns previously were supported by the horizontal flooring. "It is in a dangerous position now," said Walter Boser, head of the police bomb squad. - A part of the complex that had reopened was evacuated because of a bomb threat. For 50 minutes, authorities searched the train station be- neath the center while fright-. suspicious package later was . _~_.... ?St3E8